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Friday, January 2, 2015

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

Congregation Agudath Sholom
Shabbat Bulletin
January 3, 2015Vayechi
12 Tevet 5775
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Mincha4:24 PM
Candles4:19 PM
Shacharit8:00 AM
9:00 AM
Coffee & Commentary8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:39 AM
Mishna Hot Cocoa10:15 AM
Latest Shacharit10:26 AM
Tot Shabbat10:30 AM
Mini Minyan10:30 AM
Jr Cong10:30 AM
Shiur10:30 AM
Jr Teen Chat10:30 AM
Daf Yomi3:55 PM
Mincha4:15 PM
Maariv5:15 PM
Shabbat Ends5:20 PM
Shabbat Shalom

Burial in Israel, Living Will and Halachic Organ Donation

Parshat Vayehi begins with a topic that everyone thinks about but few speak about which is preparation for death. Jacob is on his deathbed and he wants to insure his proper burial and more importantly his legacy. He and his family are warmly welcomed in Egypt. Nevertheless, he knows that his homeland is Israel. He asks Joseph to swear that he will bring him back for burial in Israel. This parsha highlights the significance of burial in Israel.

My mother of blessed memory is buried at Eretz Hachaim in the hills outside of Jerusalem. The decision about burial is an important and sensitive one. For more information about Eretz Hachaim which offers plots in Israel, please see this link:

Beyond burial, we should be mindful of other considerations such as living wills and halachic organ donation. This week, I registered to become a halachic organ donor and encourage you to do so as well. Please see these websites for more information:

These issues are personal and I am available to discuss any or all of them with you. Please be in touch at your convenience.

On another note, Diane and I will be with some of our young families in New York City this Shabbat for our Stamford in the City Shabbaton. Yasher Koach to Jesse and David Brand for organizing this exciting event to develop our shul and community.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Daniel Cohen 

Rabbi's Reading Choices:

Follow Rabbi Cohen on his You Tube Channel - click here to view

Follow Rabbi Cohen on his Elijah Moment Campaign

  • Nachum Segal Interviewed Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Pastor Greg Doll About "The Elijah Moment Campaign" and Spreading Light in the Holiday Season click here to listen

Check out the latest RCA Ted Talk The Voice of Father by Rabbi Zvi Engel. click here to watch

Note: Rabbi Cohen will be out of town this Shabbat and next week. He will return Friday, January 9. In case of an emergency, please contact Rabbi Walk(203) 918-1957

Weekday Schedule
Candles Next Friday4:25 PM
Daf YomiSunday 7:45 am, Monday-Friday 7:00 am
ShacharitSunday: 7:15 AM/8:30 AM, Monday-Friday: 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaSunday-Thursday: 4:25 PM
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital Packagesthe Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Chapel Kiddushsponsors wanted, please see Irwin
Sanctuary KiddushBarbara & Larry Miller to commemorate the yahrtzeit of Larry's Mother Sylvia and an anonymous sponsor.
  • to Howard Nusbaum and his family on the passing of his mother, Anne
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Shacharit/MusafCantor Rafael Bokow
SermonRabbi David Walk - Ephraim & Menashe
Torah ReadersMatt Jelen, Dr. Ted Listokin
UsherElisheva Kilner
ShiurDavid Cohen - Where there's a will....
Seudat ShlishitRabbi David Walk - A Blessing on your Head
Daf YomiDr. Jeffrey Cahn
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Teenage Shmooze  Thursday, January 8 - 7:00 PM

Teenage Shmooze
Get ready to Soosh and Shmooze!
How do you feel about free sushi?
What about friends?
What about a chance to have real discussions about what it means to be Jewish?
Run for you. Run by you.
This program is being sponsored by NCSY


Rabbi Yotav Eliach, Principal, Rambam Mesivta
Rabbi Eliezer Rubin, Head of School, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
Moderator: Rabbi David Israel, Rabbinic Dean Bi-Cultural Day School
Program Chair: Michael Feldstein

CAS Youth 2015 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Classes  Sunday, January 11 - 9:30 AM

CAS Youth 2015 Bar / Bat Mitzvah Classes
Class for boys becoming Bar Mitzvah, led by Rabbi Daniel Cohen & girls becoming Bat Mitzvah, led by Diane Cohen

CAS Bar / Bat Mitzvah Dinner and Lunch - January 16  Friday, January 16 - 5:30 PM

CAS Bar / Bat Mitzvah Dinner and Lunch - January 16
Special Shabbat for sixth grade girls, seventh grade boys and their families
Shabbat Dinner for families, Friday Night 4:33pm with Rabbi Cohen, Cantor Bokow, and guest speaker Rabbi Yehoshua Grunstein
Shabbat Lunch for bar / bat mitzvah kids, Saturday 12:30 at Rabbi Cohen's house
Deadline for sign-up - January 13

CAS Youth Panoply Fundraiser - January 17  Saturday, January 17 - 7:00 PM

CAS Youth Panoply Fundraiser - January 17
Youth Fundraiser - For Adults of all Ages
Game and Auction Night Out Save the date for a fun night of Panopoly with a HUGE grand prize and amazing items up for auction.
Reserve your babysitters now this is a night out that no one will want to miss!

CAS Family Trip to Israel  Sunday, January 25 - 9:30 AM

CAS Family Trip to Israel
Explore the breadth and depth of the land. Great for first timers or veterans. The trip is uniquely tailored for adults with their children and grandchildren filled with history coming alive and a fostering a love of the natural beauty of our homeland.
Upcoming Events

CAS Women's Tefilah Group

Shabbat - January 24 -Parshat Bo

Please join us for the next Women's Tefilah Group on Saturday, January 24

Please let Ziona Doft know if you are interested in layning, chanting the haftorah or leading part of the service.

CAS Classes
Week of January 4 - Rabbi Cohen's classes will not meet
MondayRabbi Walk: Dvar Yom BYomo - Timely Topics (held at BCDS) - 12:15 PM
Rabbi Walk: Mishna Brura: Laws of Prayer - 7:30 PM
TuesdayRabbi Walk: The Evolution of the American Synagogue: A History of How Jewish Communities Developed in the United States - 7:30 PM
ThursdayRabbi Walk: Talmud Bavli - Masechet Megilla - 7:30 PM
Attention Bar Bat Mitzvah Families

Hope you and your families are well! The Bnai Mitzvah celebration is of course not only the events on the day itself but a culmination of a journey of learning and personal growth. The memories we create during this time in our children's lives will be embedded in their hearts and minds forever. I would like to remind you of three special upcoming opportunities:

  • First, our Matan and Man Up program for sixth grade girls and seventh grade boys is a unique opportunity to spend soulful time with your children in an fun and spiritual uplifting environment. I am excited that Diane will be teaching Matan this year and I will continue teaching Man Up for the boys. The classes start Sunday, Jan. 11. For more information and sign up click here.

  • Second, our annual Bnai Mitzvah Shabbaton will be the weekend of Jan. 16-17 for a family Friday night dinner and the Bnai Mitzvah are invited to my home for a Shabbat lunch. Click here to sign up.

  • Finally, it is not too late to consider our family trip to Israel this summer in August. Details are here . EXCITING NEWS:A generous donor who believes in the power of a trip to Israel is offering a 3,000 stipend for two children within each family who sign up for the trip. The offer is limited to the first five families who commit to the trip. If you are interested or for more information, contact me directly. A family trip to Israel is an investment for a lifetime and future generations.

CAS Announcements
  • YOUNG COUPLES EVENT - SAVE THE DATE - FEBRUARY 14 for a special Shabbat event
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
  • WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. We are expanding the usher roles to include a greeter in the lobby from 9-10:30 am. Please join the usher team. We need you and your smile. Info: Mitchell Bell.
  • CAS FREE MEZUZAH CAMPAIGN IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT Bringing Blessings to Jewish Homes. Do you know a neighbor or a friend who lacks a mezuzah? CAS offers a free mezuzah and home visit to post this sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen:
  • COMMUNITY CHESED HELPERS An important role of the Chesed committee is outreach to the Shul's elderly and homebound, who are often isolated and lack a lifeline to our synagogue. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
  • NEW TO STAMFORD AND INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP? Contact Saul Skolnick, Jessie Brand ( or Rabbi Daniel Cohen.
  • WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players needed. Join in on the fun we have every week at 6:00 PM -
Community Announcements
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY BY PURCHASING MITZVAH BASKETS AND/OR MITZVAH CENTERPIECES INSTEAD OF FLOWERS FOR YOUR NEXT SIMCHA AT CAS. DISTRIBUTIONS FROM THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY HAVE INCREASED BY MORE THAN 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
  • SIX THIRTEEN - NOW OPEN ON MOTZEI SHABBAT! Swing by on Saturday night, January 3rd, for some great food, craft beer, fine wine, or creative cocktails, and catch some games on the large screen TVs. Last week was great - look forward to seeing you there!
  • STAY TUNED FOR THE YESHIVA UNIVERSITY SEFARIM SALE IN FEBRUARY. The largest Jewish book sale in in the world. For more info, visit or contact Rabbi Cohen.
  • UJF SUPER SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1ST 2015 Volunteer: Come join hundreds of participants as we raise money for the Stamford Jewish Community and Jewish people worldwide Half Time Show: What's the best part of the superbowl? The commercials! We will be viewing the entries of our UJF Agency Commercial Contest. Find out who wins! Teen Programming: Come hang out with your friends, nosh on some pizza and help raise Tzedakah Children's Programming: Mitzvah Day events including Tzedakah Coin Project, PJ Library, Face Painting, Clowns, Popcorn and More!
  • JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOOK EVENT Julian Padowicz, local author of numerous novels and memoirs, will speak on Sunday, January 11, 2015 as part of the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County's January Featured Program in co-sponsorship with the New Canaan Library and their Authors on Stage Program. Julian Padowicz's talk about his award winning memoir, Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw 1939, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the New Canaan Library's Adrian Lamb Room, 151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840 starting at 3:30 PM with refreshments at 3:00 PM. Mr. Padowicz will speak about the harrowing history behind the memoir in his talk entitled "A Streetcar Named Eternity."
  • FREE CHILDREN'S BOOKS IN HEBREW TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES 2-8 The goal of Sifriyat Pijama B'America is to enhance knowledge and affinity for Jewish values from a young age and to retain a strong Jewish identity and appreciation of Hebrew. SP-BA provides an opportunity for families to create a tradition of reading bedtime stories in Hebrew and engaging in meaningful conversations. Info:
  • LINKING GENERATIONS OF THE SHOAH-Our 2nd Generation Group began in July 2012. We are a group of approximately fifty members ranging in age from 40 and up and we come from all over CT and Westchester County. Our monthly meetings take place in Westport, CT (usually at the UJA offices) every second Tuesday of the month. Spouses of 2G members as well as 3rd Generation often attend our general meetings. Please come and join us. For further contact information call: Ann Cohn at 203-762-0058 (home) or 203-984-6667 (cell).
  • SAVE THE DATE - THE NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATRE - FOLKSBIENE PRESENTS FROM ROSENFELD TO ROBESON MARCH 19, 2015 AT TEMPLE BETH EL, STAMFORD Starring Elmore James and Zalmen Mlotek. Just back from its debut at the Singer festival in Warsaw, Poland, Broadway and international opera star, Elmore James and Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene take you on a musical journey through the repertoire of Paul Robeson, the great African American singer, actor and civil rights activist. Together, they explore the pathos inherent in love ballads, songs of the sweatshop and slavery, melodies of spirituality, protest and hope. This new concert breathes fresh life into its interpretations of classics Yiddish songs, songs of revolutionary poets, Holocaust era partisans and Broadway favorites.
  • RABBI YAKOV HOROWITZ TO SPEAK AT THIS YEAR'S CHEVRA KADISHA EVENT; DINNER TO BE DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF RABBI JOSEPH EHRENKRANZ Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, the founder and dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam, and founder and Director of Project Y.E.S. (Youth Enrichment Services), will be this year's featured speaker at the annual Chevra Kadisha Dinner, to be held at Congregation Agudath Sholom on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6PM. His topic will be "Living a More Inspired Life: How to Create a Kiddush Hashem Every Day." The cost of attending the dinner is $36 a person. Sponsorships are also available at $180, which entitles one to two dinner reservations and can be made in memory of a loved one. Info and signup: Sandi Waldstreicher,
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Abraham ben Miriam Rachel
  • Aharon Tzvi ben Sarah
  • Ami ben Sara
  • Avraham Shmuel ben Sheyna
  • Bela Devora bat Rachel
  • Chaim Avram ben Leah
  • Chaim Yechiel ben Malka
  • Chana Liba bat Yaakova
  • Chana bat Shulamit
  • Chaya Malka bat Yosepha
  • Chaya Priva bat Leah
  • Chaya Sarah Tzipporah bat Esther
  • Dinah bat Esther
  • Eitan ben Sarah
  • Eliahu Aharon ben Yocheved Irta Etel
  • Esther Rachel Bat Chava bat Chava
  • Hennia bat Musah
  • Leah bat Bayla
  • Moshe Baruch ben Chaya Sara
  • Naomi Devorah bat Mindel
  • Nira bat Rachel
  • Rayna bat Necha
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Sarah Rivka bat Channah Rachel
  • Sarah bat Etta Ziesel
  • Shmuel Yeruchim ben Beyla
  • Smadar Rut bat Chana
  • Yochanan ben Alisa
  • Yosef Fishel ben Miriam Zlata
  • Ze'ev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
Sisterhood Gift Shop

SYLVIA'S CAS SISTERHOOD GIFT SHOP reopens Sunday, January 4. - 9-11 am

CAS Youth
Thank You/ Hakarat Hatov/ Welcome Corner

If you would like to volunteer to join please Teen minyan, pleaes contact Simeon.

This weekend....


-Mishna and Hot Cocoa in the Simcha room at 10:15 with Rabbi Jeiger (we will continue in chapter 2 of Brachot).

-Tot Shabbat will be led by Morahs Alice, Danielle and Simone in the Youth Classroom at 10:30 am.

- Mini Minyan will be led by Morahs Devorah and Talia this week in the library at 10:30 am.

- Jr. Cong. will be led by Josh and Morah Nicole this week in the Chapel at 10:30 am

-Bnai Mitzvah Club will join Teen Minyan or Jr. Cong.

Full Teen Minyan Schedule:

Jan 17

Feb. 21 and 28

March 7 and 28

May 2, 25 and 30

June 13

Coming Soon:

Saturday night, Jan 17th - Youth PANOPLY Fundraiser - For Adults of all Ages Game & Auction Night out Save the date for a fun night of Panoply with a HUGE grand prize and amazing items up for auction. Reserve your babysitters now this is a night out that no one will want to miss!


Have you cleaned out your bookshelves yet?

It's time for the Children's Book Drive!

Annual Children's Chanukah Book Drive

CAS Lobby

New or gently used children's books

(for infants and children through 8th grade)

Books donated will benefit the programs of Read to Grow, a nonprofit

organization dedicated to promoting early literacy.

For more information contact: Sarah Poland

If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday or special accomplishment by sponsoring a special "kiddush" or a Mishna and Hot Cocoa in their honor, please email me

If you would like to help support the Youth Department, please visit for all of our sponsorship opportunities.

Shabbat Shalom! Rabbi Jeiger

Important Note

An Important Message From The CAS Security and Safety Committee

Dryer and Dryer vents
  1. Every time you use your dryer, please clean the lint traps
  2. When you change your batteries for the smoke detectors, make sure to move the dryer and clean all dryer vents.
Smoke and CO detectors.
  1. Test ALL smoke and CO detectors. Make sure each one is able to alarm. 
  2. If your smoke detectors are all connected, as is the current building code, be sure each one activates all the others.
  3. If you did not change your batteries in November when we changed the clocks, now would be a good time to do so.
Vents / Chimneys
  1. Clean and possibly replace your clothes dryer vents and vent piping. Clean around and under the dryer as well.
  2. Have your chimney cleaned, including the fireplace flue and linings.
  1. Remove flammables and combustibles from around and near your domestic hot water heater and home heating furnace.
  2. Ensure there is proper ventilation if you store gasoline or kerosene in your garage.
  3. Do not store gasoline or kerosene in your basement - EVER.
  1. Check the cords of all electrical devices and replace any with signs of fraying, cracking, peeling, or other signs of age.
  2. Replace any cords that have been patched or taped.
  3. Ensure none of your electrical cords are crimped or otherwise compressed or compromised by furniture or other objects pushed against them. 
Safety Tip Sheets are available from the National Fire Protection Association website

Additional fire safety information is available at
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